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China can't stop talking about the Bill and Melinda Gates divorce

May 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, Bill and Melinda Gates smile at each other during an interview in Kirkland, Wash. The couple announced Monday, May 3, 2021, that they are divorcing. The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, with whom he launched the world's largest charitable foundation, said they would continue to work together at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

The divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates has sent shockwaves though China, where the Microsoft co-founder has achieved a level of fame unlike almost any other Western entrepreneur.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)The divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates has sent shockwaves though China, where the Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder has achieved a level of fame unlike almost any other Western entrepreneur.

The "Bill Gates' divorce" hashtag had generated more than 830 million views and 66,000 discussion posts on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo by Wednesday — far surpassing the 91 million views accumulated when Amazon (AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott divorced in 2019.

Even if you don't hold hands together in future life, I hope your foundation can still continue and help more people," one Weibo user wrote, responding to a post on Bill Gates' official Weibo account that announced the divorce in Chinese.

The trip — during which Gates promised Jiang that Microsoft would help China develop its software industry — helped Microsoft accelerate its expansion in the Chinese market.

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